Feb 242008

From Windows Recovery Console, you can perform some of the advanced troubleshooting when there is a problem with the Windows Operating System like system fail to start, hung at startup or even some service which you recently installed causing a sarutup issue. Here is a quick list what you can perform once into the Windows Recovery Console.

For instructions on how to logon to Recovery Console click here

Once into the Recovery Console, you may perform one of the following quick fixes to recover Windows and start it in Normal mode.

Disk Integrity problem

One main reason for Windows not starting up could be bad sectors on the Hard Disk. Hence, you may run the following command to check the Hard disk and fix any bad sectors and recover files:

Type “CHKDSK /R” and press Enter.

This will check the disk and try to fix any disk problems.

Corrupt Boot files

If you get an error stating that NTLDR is missing or something similar then try to run the following commands to restore these files:

Type ” copy D:\I386\NTLDR C: ” and press ENTER.

Type ” copy D:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C: and press ENTER

where D:\ is the drive letter of your CD drive. This should copy the two Boot files onto the Windows partition and should help you fix the problem.

Corrupt Boot Sector

If the Boot Sector is corrupt, type the following command and press ENTER:


Press Y when prompted for a confirmation.

Corrupt Master Boot Record

If the Master Boot Record is corrupt then type the following command and press ENTER:


Press Y, if prompted for a confirmation.

Service causing the problem

If you have installed a Software or a Driver after which you were not able to start Windows in Normal or Safe mode then this should possibly be because of a service loaded by the Software or the driver that is causing the problem.

Note: You may disable any other application/driver service too from the recovery console to fix the problem.

List the services first, by using the following Command:

Type “LISTSVC” and press ENTER

This will show a list of services loading at the startup. Make a note of the Service that could be related to the software/driver.

Now, try the following command to disable the service:


The above are some of the tips to troubleshoot from the Recovery Console and most fix the common startup and Windows issues.

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